Northwestern University

Master of Science in Law (MSL)


375 East Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Law (MSL)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Where STEM, Law, and Business Converge

The Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree is specially designed for students with engineering, science, technology, mathematics, and medical backgrounds who want to work at the intersection of STEM, law, and business. The MSL degree teaches graduates to communicate across disciplines, navigate the legal and regulatory structures that exist in STEM settings, bring ideas to market, and develop, protect, and manage IP.

Choose from an online or on-campus format.

Complete the degree in nine months of full-time study or two to four years of part-time study.

The MSL is the first degree to combine legal, regulatory, and policy topics into a curriculum that prepares students to influence and innovate within their respective STEM fields. Courses are designed specifically for MSL students, and students have the flexibility to design course plans that fit their particular interests and professional goals.

8 core courses build foundational knowledge of the legal system, business basics, and regulatory processes.

Elective courses cover 3 major subject areas: intellectual property and patent design; business law and entrepreneurship; and regulatory analysis and strategy.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

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Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

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